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I'm participating in Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes!

Abby, happy as usual. But just minutes before... (click  to see pic 2) Pausing for Smarties during a low blood glucose event

    Dear Friends,

    We are proud to be joining a very strong and animated force in this year's Beat the Bridge event: The Lancet Liberators! They have an ambitious fundraising goal that we hope to support with the help of our own friends, families, and anyone else who believes we need to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).

    The Lancet Liberator Facebook page is not to be missed! I promise you will smile.
    Please like and share, then share some more: http://www.facebook.com/lancetliberator

    Our Own Story

    In a chance meeting at an elementary school open house in Seattle a couple of years back, I reconnected with a college friend who mentioned that her son had diabetes. We talked briefly about how difficult it is to find a school that will support a child with T1D. Fast forward 9 months, and we suddenly had more reason to connect with Jessica and her husband (a.k.a The Lancet Liberator). Our daughter, Abby, at the precious age of 2 1/2, had just been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Abby's world was forever changed that day. 

    Now 4 years old, Abby has 8-10 finger pricks per day plus 4 bigger (read, more painful) ones to change her insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor throughout each week. She has two devices attached to her little body that help us manage her blood glucose levels and to keep her safe from the dangers of going too high or too low, of which there are many. We count every carb that she eats. It is a constant battle, and there are few "smooth" days. 

    That is only a small window into the life a child with T1D. It takes a great amount of effort to stay healthy and to live a normal life.  Luckily for us, our effort is supported by so many wonderful friends, our family, a magical preschool, and soon a caring elementary school. All of these people have learned or are willing to learn more about the disease in order to help Abby live as normal a life as possible. You know who you are, and please know that we thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts. 

    We obviously yearn for a cure to be found in Abby's lifetime so that she and every other person with T1D can be free of worry due to the myriad health threats associated with T1D. We also, however, hope to soon see a solid course of prevention for the countless children who may one day fall victim to the disease. Diagnosis rates with T1D are rising for everyone but most rapidly for children under 5. Wouldn't it be wonderful to vaccinate every newborn baby? Or to have an effective treatment for positive genetic or antibody testing? We think so! If you agree, please consider supporting our commitment to the JDRF by donating to our team's fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. 


    Thank you for your support!

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